Friday, April 19, 2013

Counselor In Training Event

Last weekend we had 10 high school students join us for the weekend to learn how to be camp counselors through our Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) program. They were an incredible bunch of youth with plenty of energy, creativity, passion, and leadership skills that will be an asset to our camping program this summer. A special thanks goes out to Kendra Sue, Brett, and Erin who served as counselors, mentors, and workshop leaders to these youth for the weekend.
 

The youth got here Friday evening and were thrown almost immediately into workshops. These sessions included planning and leading campfire and morning watch, age level characteristics and progression, active communication, faith sharing, leading small groups, leadership and personality styles, conflict resolution, assisting campers with special needs, counselor responsibilities, ecology activities, and leading group games. It's hard to believe that all those things were fit in to this short weekend and there was still time to make new friends and rekindle old friendships.






The youth ended their time together by creating a C.I.T. covenant. A copy of this covenant will be sent to the deans of their camping programs this summer, but serves as a reminder to the C.I.T.'s about what their job is  as counselors and leaders in the camp community.



We are looking forward to a great summer of mentoring these special youth and watching them grow from being campers to the next generation of camp leaders.



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